OUR beliefs

As a Christian constituency of New Testament believers, we, Christpoint Church, subscribe to the following declaration of the things which are most surely believed among us (Luke 1: 1), praying that there be no harmful nor divisive difference of belief to the injury of any, nor the disturbance of the peace and harmony of the church, and that we may be all of the same mind and same judgment, speaking the same things in love (1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42) and with one voice glorifying God, to the edification of His people, and to give Christian witness to the world. No claim is made that it contains all Biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) presenting to us the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and constituting the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; I Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

THE GODHEAD

We believe there is only one True God–existing in Three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinguishable but indivisible; co-eternal, co-existent, co-equal in nature, attributes, power and glory. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14). The Son was begotten of the Father, accepting earthly limitations, true God and true man; conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the Cross – the Just for the unjust as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on High as our great High Priest, and He will return again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and justice. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, Executive of the Godhead on earth, the Comforter sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to indwell, to guide, and to teach the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION

We believe man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world (Romans 5:12). “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil, and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Ephesians 2:8).

SALVATION

We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12, 22; Romans 5:11).

CHURCH

We believe the true Church is the body of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:15), He being the Head. Its earthly constituents are all true believers, born again by the Spirit (John 3:6) and by the word (1 Peter 1:23). To it is delegated the various gifts and offices of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11 and 27, 28) necessary for the successful fulfillment of Christ’s Great Commission to the Church, as given to the disciples in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:15-20.

MINISTRY

We believe in a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry that has been provided by our Lord for the fivefold purpose of leading the Church in : (1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16: 15-20); (2) worship of God (John 4:23, 24); (3) building up or edifying the body of believers through discipleship (Ephesians 4:11, 16); (4) meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion (Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:10; James 1:27; and (5) fellowshipping with one another (Acts 2:42).

WATER BAPTISM

We believe that Baptism in water is by immersion, and is a direct commandment of our Lord (Matthew 28: 19) and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39). Being baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is an essential response to Jesus’ command, testifying to His lordship as Christ and King (Matthew 28: 19).

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST

We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire (Matthew 3:11), is a gift from God, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation, and is received subsequent to the new birth (John 14: 16, 17; Acts 1:8; 2:4, 38, 39; 10:44-48). The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is accompanied with the speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance, as the initial physical sign and evidence.

SANCTIFICATION

We believe that the Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive, work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Hebrews 13: 12; 2 Thessalonians 2: 13; 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

LORD’S SUPPER

We believe in the Lord’s Supper, commonly called Communion, in which believers receive the broken bread and the fruit of the vine with joy and faith as they partake anew of the life and triumph of Christ’s cross as a memorial to His death and resurrection (I Corinthians 11 :23-32; Matthew 26:26-28).

DIVINE HEALING

We believe that divine healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16: 18; James 5: 14, 15); it is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is available to all who truly believe.

RESURRECTION OF THE JUST

We believe in the Lord’s imminent return and that all men should be prepared for that coming, which may occur at any time. The Bible promises, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner” (Acts 1: 11). When He comes, “The dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth, as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).

HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION

We believe the one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire, and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or for repentance (Hebrews 9:27). The lake of fire is literal (Revelation 19:20). The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned (Matthew 25:41-46) in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.

TITHES & OFFERINGS

We believe that tithes and offerings are ordained of God to sustain His ministry, spread the Gospel, and release personal blessing (Malachi 3:10; I Corinthians 16:1, 2).